Proposed contract - 7/11/2011
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Synopsis of proposed contract - 7/11/2011
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General Chairman Newsletter - 5/5/2011

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CELL PHONE - 2/19/2011

From the General Chairman

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monthley news letter - 1/31/2011

General Chairman news letter 

 

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General Committee Officers - 1/29/2011

 

Jason T. Boswell - GENERAL CHAIRPERSON

Guy C. Frederick- ASSISTANT CHAIRPERSON

James P. Curcio – ASSOCIATE CHAIRPERSON

Gerald Wohlgemuth– SECRETARY

Mark (Duke) McKee - SR VICE CHAIRMAN-NKP

WALTER L. HOWARD - SR VICE CHAIRMAN-WAB

Robert A. Hagen- SR VICE CHAIRMAN-CR

David M. Orona - JR VICE CHAIRMAN-NKP

Daniel C. Calhoun- JR VICE CHAIRMAN-WAB

Gregory M. Reagan - JR VICE CHAIRMAN-CR

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Attendance Policy - 1/11/2011

Brothers,
 
Rest assured that we are aware of the "new" Attendance Policy that was issued on Jan. 5th by NS.  We do take exception with some of the items it contains and we have put VP Labor Relations Harold Mobley on notice of our stance.  We have asked that the policy be rescinded and will await his response before taking any further actions.
 

In Brotherhood,
 
Jason Boswell
Asst. GC
UTU GO-687

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ID Counter Proposal - 10/20/2010

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START - 9/1/2010

Brothers,
 
Thankfully, the Carrier has rethought the changes to the START Policy concerning GR-13 and GR-14 violations that were initiated on July 12th.  I think the fact that our Committee and the UTU on Norfolk Southern stood together with unity throughout this process was a very contributing factor to these changes.  The changes as of today are:
 
1)                GR-13/GR-14 violations will continue to be treated as Serious offenses under START.  They will be subject to the normal 24-month rolling period for counting purposes.  The 3-day removal from service portion of the START modifications will, effective today, be held in abeyance.  This means that employees will not be removed from service following an observed violation; however, the Carrier may still send the employee home for the remainder of the tour of duty (with pay).  The supervisor and local chairman will attempt to meet within three days of the violation for purposes of explaining the seriousness of the rule violation, and deciding whether to handle the violation through a START waiver, or through investigation.  The START Oversight Committee will meet again in approximately six months to review the results of this modified approach—were there less violations, and were there no serious injuries as a result of these violations. 
2)                 Rule violation derailments/incidents resulting in damage will be treated as Serious offenses under START.  If the FRA damage threshold is not met, the Carrier will evaluate the incident to determine if the following occurred:
a.     Failure to protect a shove move;
b.    Failure to secure equipment;
c.     Failure to properly line and double-check route.
                  If yes to any of the above, it will likely be treated as a Serious offense.
 
Once again, thanks for the solidarity that was shown at each of our locals.  Communicate these changes to your members and feel free to contact us with any questions or problems. 
 
In Brotherhood,
 
Jason Boswell
Asst. GC
UTU GO-687

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Cell Phone News - 9/1/2010
 
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Rail worker, on cellphone, killed by train
A railroad worker was killed in Anoka County, Minn., early Wednesday morning when he was hit by a Northstar commuter train, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

It was the first fatality -- and first accident -- to occur on the train line, according to Metro Transit spokesman Bob Gibbons.

(The worker killed was not a UTU member, according to reports.)

The train, which makes 10 trips a day between downtown Minneapolis and Big Lake, has been operating since November.

According to Anoka County sheriff's Lt. Paul Sommer, the unidentified man, a 54-year-old employee of the BNSF Railway Co., stepped into the path of the eastbound train where it crosses Egret Boulevard between the line's stations in Coon Rapids and Fridley about 6:50 a.m.

Sommer said the worker, a Fridley resident, had been working on an adjacent track with a three-car test train. He was waiting for another railroad employee and had left the test train's engine running.

While crossing the track where the Northstar train was approaching at 80 mph, the worker was talking on a cell phone and apparently didn't notice the train.

Sommer said the worker didn't see the train because he had just walked from behind the test cars and the Northstar engineer didn't see the worker.

The accident occurred in a residential area where trains typically don't sound their horns, and crossings have signs stating that fact.

But the engineer of the Northstar train apparently sounded a warning to the worker, according to a man who lives on Egret, within a block of the tracks.

"The engineer was tooting his horn, which they usually don't do," said Clarence Bahr, 76.

The engineer needed more than a quarter-mile to stop the train, Gibbons said.

BNSF provides crew members and dispatching for the Northstar line, which Metro Transit manages, Gibbons said.

As many as 60 freight trains use the line daily, in addition to five outbound and five inbound Northstar runs, he said.

The line was shut down after the accident, but is expected to resume service during the afternoon.

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